I really liked the story and the concept was very good and the performance was excellenct however the characters need honing or more of a challenge as they seem invincible.
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Orson Scott Card is both blessed and cursed with being able to write books about very gifted children better than anyone I know. It is a blessing because with few exceptions his books are very good.
The negative is that his stories are reminiscent of each other, even when they have different settings and genres. Pathfinder is more fantasy (at least in the first book) than science fiction or dystopian. There are two storylines that do not quite merge in this book. I assume that we will learn more in future books.
What I think is happening is that a colony ship from Earth (the first one) had something unexpected happen when they tried to move through a fold in space. Instead of jumping something odd happened. We really do not know for sure what happened through most of the book.
The majority of the book concerns a boy of 13. He can see the paths of people and animals. He knows where they go and how long since they have passed. He knows what or who it was that passed through the space.
Early in the book his father dies. He is told to find his sister (that he didn’t know he had and that he has a mother, again that he thought was dead).
The rest of the book is the story of a very bright and very well trained boy learn to interact with a world that he was trained for, but did not actually know. He had grown up as a hunter and trapper on the very edge of society. But to find his sister he most travel to the capital and experience what he has only heard about.
Along the way he finds a friend that also has a gift. Together they have the power to change the world.
Of course there is conflict, and danger, and intrigue. And there are other characters that give their lives or at least are willing to.
Reading this has made me want to go back and read about Ender Wiggins. Ender is the classic Orson Scott Card character. This was very good and I really did enjoy it. But what it made me want to do was read about my favorite Card character. The rest of the series is not out yet. So I don’t know how it will turn out. But it has potential.
There were multiple voices and not all of them were as successful as others. But it has Stefan Rudnicki and he is my favorite reader and the producer of all of Orson Scott Card’s audiobooks.
The plot line
The unraveling of the unusual plot line and, the rest could become a spoiler..
As sense of being there
This was a fascinating book and I can't wait to read the sequel. The technical aspects were a bit hard to understand but I could pretty much figure it all out. I do not consider this great literature, but the compelling story and the concept of humanity's development was engaging. Hard to put down and my husband is now reading it and liking it.
the story was an interesting idea and the voices weren't distracting, although the changing narrators were a little annoying because i got used to one set of voices and then had to figure everyone out again
the main character was my favorite because the book gave him the most sympathy and relatability
with one of the narrators it was log, with the other narrator it was the girl character
Occasionally I will stray, but I mostly stick to fantasy and sci-fi. J.K. Rowling, Terry Goodkind, and Orson Scott Card are among my favorites.
This was another compelling story by Card about a boy with a gift. I really enjoyed listening to this book but had some trouble following the magic. It got a little confusing as more characters were introduced with different abilities. Card does not really just explain how the magic works, but rather explains the theories of the characters about how it works. So, it becomes a bit of a game trying to piece together the theories to really get a handle on what is happening. Nonetheless it is a wonderful story and I'm stoked about the next one in the series.
I came to this book right after finishing the Ender's Game Series and the Ender's Shadow Series. I was certian finding another Series/Story with Characters as awesome as Ender and Bean would be next to impossible. However Card really pulled this one off!
If you Loved Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. Then I see no reason you would not love this.
It is in no way the same story or characters however a new story and new characters that are just as awesome.
I would put pathfinder in it's own class.
Wouldn't know until I read it.
certain parts make me laugh and gasp
This is a mind challenging book that might be easier to read than to listen to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I found myself rewinding the last 30 seconds on my iPad several times so I could pay closer attention to some detail I'd just missed. I will definitely listen to this audiobook a second time (at least) to find out how much I missed the first time through.
This is a fairly fast moving story line that never made me feel like it was dragging along. Plot and character development are nicely managed without being ponderous. I like a good fantasy and enjoyed watching the two story lines converge at the conclusion of the book. I read the entire "Enders" series and this book goes in a distinctly different direction, but with the familiar touch of the author.
I'm waiting on the sequel.
The narrators took turns reading sections of the book. To be honest I didn't realize that was happening at first. Everyone did such a good job.
There were numerous parts in the story that made me laugh out loud. I think you may need to be a geek or serious friends with a geek to get those jokes.
I loved the book. My only mistake was starting to listen to it before the rest of the series was out. As always Mr. Card sets up the next book perfectly so you want to go straight into it. Now I have to wait.
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
It was only so so, I just could not get on with the long chats about going forward and backward in time, time and time again. I think that one explanation would have been enough. I just wish that the story was more engaging, but you always knew it was just a story.
I would take out all the boring talk and just got on with the story.
The various narrators were good in their telling, but no one can make a really good job if they have to keep repeating them selves
No not really, I think I was just glad when it had finished.
This is not a book I would recommend, unless you like really repetitive story telling. If you do like that kind of book, go for it. Not one of Orson's best I am afraid.
Pathfinder was enjoyable. It ranks high my list of Orson Scott Card favorites and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I found the time travel concept interesting if a tad hard to wrap my head around. The characters were likable and I found that though the dialog could be tedious it also served to make the characters more relatable.
I've listened to many of OSC's books on audio and by now, many of the narrators are old friends. However, there was a new narrator that I was NOT pleased with: Kristoffer Tabori. I've listened to some samples of his other work, and they don't seem so bad but this particular reading was unpleasant (to say the least). I found that his over-exaggerated tone was off putting and out of place with the other more level tones of Stefan Rudnicki, Don Leslie, Kirby Heyborne and Scott Brick. At times his 'characterization' made it hard to understand what he was saying. Luckily he only read for one chapter (19).The other Narrators did, as always a wonderful job.